Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo – MLS, May 15, 2021

| May 14, 2021 7:20 am PDT

Fourth-place Colorado and sixth-place Houston clash at DSG Park on Saturday, May 15. Just one point separates the teams in the early Western Conference standings.

The Rapids only took a single point from their opening two games but head into Week 5 on the back of successive wins. On the flip side, the Dynamo is currently enjoying a three-match unbeaten streak, overcoming Sporting Kansas City in midweek.

In my Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo betting preview, I look at the MLS odds, assess the teams, and give a prediction and pick for Saturday’s match.

Colorado vs. Houston Betting Odds

Colorado Rapids to Win1.86
The Draw3.95
Houston Dynamo to Win3.60

With the home-field advantage on their side, the Rapids are the bookmakers’ favorites to win this one. Robin Fraser’s men have won each of their last two games and will be optimistic about their chances of recording three straight victories on Saturday.

That said, you’d be foolish to write off Houston altogether. The Texans haven’t tasted defeats since Week 2. Since then, they have prevented LAFC, Dallas, and SKC from winning.

Now that we’ve seen what the betting sites make of this matchup let’s take a closer look at both sides before making a Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo prediction.

Will the Rapids Win Again?

Given that Fraser’s men have only lost one of their opening four games, I think they should be pleased with their efforts so far this year.

Following a goalless draw with Dallas, the Rapids were stunned by Austin in Week 2. But since then, they have claimed two important victories – seeing off Vancouver and Minnesota.

Colorado was made to work hard against the Whitecaps, with a single Diego Rubio goal proving the difference between the sides. The following weekend, Fraser’s men were forced to battle even harder to claim all three points against the Loons.

The Rapids found themselves 2-0 down inside 24 minutes last time out, yet second-half goals from Kellyn Acosta, Cole Bassett, and Danny Wilson saw them come from behind and clinch a memorable win.

If their second-half performance against Minnesota is anything to go by, the Rapids will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Can Houston Upset the Odds?

Houston finished rock bottom of the Western Conference last year, winning just four of their 23 matches in 2020. But Tab Ramos’ men have already achieved two victories in five games this season.

The Dynamo kicked off their campaign with a win over San Jose before losing to Portland. Following back-to-back draws with LAFC and Dallas, the Texans returned to winning ways on Wednesday – edging out SKC.

Maximiliano Urruti scored the only goal of the game in midweek, doubling his tally for the season in the process. In fact, the Argentine managed to convert Houston’s sole attempt on target against the Wizards.

The former Toronto, Portland, Dallas, and Montreal forward has used all his MLS experience to help his new club get off to a promising start in 2021.

At the other end of the pitch, the Dynamo has also impressed defensively. Indeed, only four teams have conceded fewer goals than Ramos’ side in the West.

Prediction and Pick for Rapids vs. Dynamo

Pick
  • The Draw
    3.95

Both Colorado and Houston have started the season strongly, so backing the tasty price for the draw feels like a no-brainer here.

There has been very little to separate the two sides during the early stages of the new campaign. Both teams head into Week 5 in good form, so I can see the points being shared at DSG Park.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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